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I am complete newbie to IM and even to the tech world in general. Ive been reading around this awesome forum and people talk about solo ads a lot. What are they in simple form? Sorry if this question is that stupid!
#ads #solo
  • Profile picture of the author AndrewStark
    If you have a squeezepage set up you basically pay money to someone who has a list and they will send out a message promoting your page.

    At the moment it seems too many people are doing this, and the effectiveness is not what it once was. I personally would recommend anyone new to listbuilding to avoid them until you have a proper system in place that you know will generate good results before you start getting excited by the claims some sellers are making.
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  • Profile picture of the author icoachu
    It is still effective. Create a squeeze page. Take out solo ads from as many cheap providers you can. They send traffic to your squeeze page. You create a 'clean' list from dozens of 'dirty' (ie., UNFOCUSED) lists.

    The key to this is ROI (conversion rate's cost efficiency). Make sure the solo ad prices are low enough for this to make sense. Once you have a clean list, you recoup your investment over the long haul.
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    • Profile picture of the author rhondahines
      ummm Squeeze Page??? Is this a Landing Page where they put in email?
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  • Profile picture of the author dadhere
    also my best place to get solo ads is at safe-swaps. I used them for the last 3 years. Just read the reviews so you get access to a good list
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  • Profile picture of the author SamuelCarter
    Hello, i have recently made my sqeeze page, but now need traffic, i know you have mentioned solo ads, is this the only solution? are they realiable..??? I need traffic now...
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I think the above posters have clearly identified for you what solo ads are and how to use them. My advice is to find one for your niche, find a highly email newsletter publisher, and see if they're actually building value with their subscribers, or just sending out a bunch promotional emails to them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    I've made a boatload of money with solo's and they are awesome.

    Please be warned though; you must do your research on an individual basis.

    If possible, ask for a review.

    I've seen solo sellers with "Great reviews" - but after buying their ads, I've noticed that the traffic was indeed bot traffic. (I can tell by factors that are too complicated to go into here).

    So, do your traffic, and ask for a sample. But, very much work it.
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    • Profile picture of the author threezerozero
      Originally Posted by Sarevok View Post

      I've made a boatload of money with solo's and they are awesome.

      Please be warned though; you must do your research on an individual basis.

      If possible, ask for a review.

      I've seen solo sellers with "Great reviews" - but after buying their ads, I've noticed that the traffic was indeed bot traffic. (I can tell by factors that are too complicated to go into here).

      So, do your traffic, and ask for a sample. But, very much work it.
      Sarevok,

      what factors tip you off? im interested as i have purchased some solo ads previously and done a little case study on my blog. was it the lack of optins/conversions compared to the number of clicks? origins of the clicks? please shed some light...as im interested and im sure a few people here are as well. thanks
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  • Profile picture of the author John Atkins
    Originally Posted by ALittleTF View Post

    I am complete newbie to IM and even to the tech world in general. Ive been reading around this awesome forum and people talk about solo ads a lot. What are they in simple form? Sorry if this question is that stupid!
    It's simple. You pay an e-mail marketer to mail his list for you. You're
    basically paying for traffic.

    Personally I like to buy solo ads to enlarge my list.
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  • Profile picture of the author owenlee
    You paid someone for emailing and promote your services or product...is just that simple
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  • Profile picture of the author Dan Grossman
    "Solo ads" are a form of spam. You pay someone who has an e-mail list to send out an e-mail with nothing but an ad for your site. This e-mail will go to people you have no relationship with, who have not asked for mail from you. The only people you'll reach are technically illiterate enough to be tricked into asking for spam through some kind of promise of value, or other "internet marketers".

    Technically legal, but I would never do it. Hundreds of others will tell you to anyway, because "IM products" have told them to do it so many times they think it's normal. They've been saying "post on forums, write articles and send solo ads" since the 1990s. Only difference is that the ebooks in the late 1990s called the lists "ezines".

    Can you even imagine a real company doing this?
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    • Profile picture of the author robs132
      Originally Posted by Dan Grossman View Post

      "Solo ads" are a form of spam.
      it's a form of advertising. Sending an ad out to someone else's list is exactly the same as placing an ad in a magazine, on television, an infomercial. It's just an ad placement to a group of people that have expressed an interest in a certain topic.

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    • Profile picture of the author Adrian Jock
      Originally Posted by Dan Grossman View Post

      "Solo ads" are a form of spam. You pay someone who has an e-mail list to send out an e-mail with nothing but an ad for your site. This e-mail will go to people you have no relationship with, who have not asked for mail from you.
      That's right, the solo ad will go to people advertisers have no relationship with, to people who have not asked for mail from advertisers. But...

      The solo ads are not sent by the advertisers. They are sent by the owner of the mailing list/ezine/newsletter and the readers subscribed to that mailing list. The readers know that they receive also solo ads. John Doe's solo ad is not the first solo ad they receive. Anyway, they can unsubscribe at any time if they get bored of solo ads or anything else they receive from the owner of the mailing list they subscribed to. That's not spam.

      One more thing ... a solo ad doesn't necessarily need to be labelled solo ad That's why the reader may not know that the solo ad is actually a solo ad. It will be just another marketing message received from the owner of the mailing list they subscribed to. Definitely not spam.

      Originally Posted by Dan Grossman View Post

      Only difference is that the ebooks in the late 1990s called the lists "ezines".
      That's wrong. Ezines are alive in 2012 and they are different than the commercial emails sent by IMers via their mailing lists. "Buy my stuff" or "Buy the awesome product just launched by my friend John Doe" or "Signup for my friend's list and get for free the super ebook X" are not ezines even if some IMers wrongly call them ezines. If a commercial email is the equivalent of a direct mail envelope in the bricks-and-mortar world, an ezine is the equivalent of a magazine.

      Originally Posted by Dan Grossman View Post

      Can you even imagine a real company doing this?
      There are real companies doing this.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ed Micah
    Reed Floren's Solo Ad Directory - Reed talks about what solo ads are, and tells you some of the top solo ad providers he has had reviewed.

    Hope that helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author Larry Young
    pay someone to emailing and promote your service.

    when you buy from seller ask him for reviews. Just read the reviews to get access to a good list.
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  • Profile picture of the author gcbmark20
    Hi ALittleTF,

    Yeah solo ads are great but I would look at setting up a squeeze page, FREE offer and at least a couple of messages you can send out first.

    If you are interested in List Building then there is tons of information you can grab here at the W.F.

    No you haven't asked a stupid question and don't be afraid to ask as many as you like.

    If you don't get the answers you are looking for you can always P.M. me it is fine.

    Feel free to download my FREE "Rapid Cash Blueprint" report below as that goes into some examples of how a solo ad campaign can help to build your list and get you started.

    Hope this helps you out and have a fantastic weekend my friend!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author DirkJon
    Take a read through this live case study - I am currently following it through and have managed to slowly start building a list with the tips mentioned ( and very little money spent!) If you contact Lewis and ask him about his facebook group he may invite you (this has lots of member new to solo ads and experienced who are selling clicks, and even offering clickbanking - which is ideal for us newbs!!)
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  • Profile picture of the author Manie Amari
    Solo ads are great for building your list quickly. Just make sure you do your due diligence because you can still get scammed with'em.

    Here is a thread that might interest you - WATCH OUT - Guaranteed Clicks Solo Ads


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  • Profile picture of the author Mark72
    Make sure you get solos from somebody with lots of feedback and a large list.

    Many solo sellers (even those who seem to have a good reputation) will mix in bot and social media traffic to boost the click numbers.
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  • Profile picture of the author ALittleTF
    Thanks guys i appreciate all the help/answers/advice. It honestly looks like a generally pretty sketch industry so ill probably avoid it for a while. Thank you once again!
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    • Profile picture of the author threezerozero
      Originally Posted by ALittleTF View Post

      Thanks guys i appreciate all the help/answers/advice. It honestly looks like a generally pretty sketch industry so ill probably avoid it for a while. Thank you once again!
      not sketchy at all if you find the right people and do it properly.
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  • Profile picture of the author panton439
    I came across this guy on the Internet: http : // trckrs.com / Facebook /
    you need to give your email and name but those videos are 100% worth it. He explains Solo Ads in video #3
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  • Profile picture of the author paul nicholls
    There a great way to build your list, but you need your system set up first before you start driving traffic

    If your new to IM then i would not bother with solo ads because you need to learn a lot more to do with list building in general, sales funnels, squeeze pages and OTO pages first before you start focusing on traffic to actually build your list

    paul
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  • Profile picture of the author hustlinsmoke
    Not stupid and solo ados are great, just search here and you can find reputable sellers of solo ads. I have used a lot and been very pleased, but I always research.
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  • Profile picture of the author ezekielseo
    Always tend to mix up your solo ad purchases, dont just stick to normal clicks try and find buyer lists. They can be found anywhere on this forum, also can make you MORE in the long run. Even though they are more expensive, trust me you will make your money back. Before buying make sure you have seen reviews to at least know they are honest.
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  • Profile picture of the author Charles AK
    solo ads is a great solution to new list builders, once you build up enough subscribers through solo ads, you can start doing ad swaps, which can sometimes bring better results with a proper sales funnel, don't expect future clicks or email opens in future promotions right off the bat, when you get solo ad traffic and they opt in send them to a one time offer for atleast $1-$5 this way you can put the people that buy into a separate list, solo ads are a great way to test pages and offers if nothing else, also once you get a nice size list from solo ads and adswaps you can start selling your own solo ads.

    never start out with the big 1,000 click packages that solo ad providers offer, always start small so you can see if the seller is legit, once you get results from this seller you can roll your offer to his/her bigger solo ad package, almost all solo ad providers should give you a trial run or atleast have a list of reviews from other customers.
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  • Profile picture of the author vjtroilo
    I've been doing IM for about 4 months now, and just started learning how to take advantage of Solo Ads. Using a url tracking program (I use ViralUrl) I noticed a definite higher Click Through Rate (CTR) using solo ads versus credit based safelists (don't dismiss those, however!). Start out by signing up to a few quality Traffic Ad Exchanges. They are free to join, and most offer "Promo Codes" on their sign-up pages that give you a free advertising "starter pack". Use the promo codes. This allows you to test the responsiveness of the ad exchanges at no cost to you, and you can then focus on the exchanges that get you the most unique hits. Just Plain Traffic is a good exchange to start with. Be sure to pick exchanges with high member counts (over 1,000) and then check out their downline builders for their partner exhanges that offer promo codes. Once you're comfortable with your choices, you can then upgrade and take advantage of their discounted payed ad packages for even more increased traffic.

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  • Profile picture of the author rhondahines
    Thanks for asking this, because I was about to.
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